The Football World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events that there is, and so scoring plenty of goals in them would put you high on the list of all-time greats.
This is why the footballing world seems to have gone nuts for German striker Miroslav Klose since he scored his 15th World Cup goal, putting him level with Brazilian legend Ronaldo for the record.
Yet, this may not last much longer with another German star, Thomas Muller, looking likely to surpass them within the next couple of tournaments.
The Bayern Munich forward does not have the best strike rate for his country, having scored just 20 in his 51 caps, but World Cups are where he has shone brightest.
24-year-old Muller went to the 2010 tournament in South Africa, netting five goals and setting up a further three to claim the Golden Boot trophy and the young player award.
In the current tournament, Muller has already scored a hat-trick against Portugal in the first match, to take his World Cup goal scoring tally up to eight. This has seen him go level with greats like Argentine great Maradona, German legend Rudi Voller and Spain’s all-time goal scorer David Villa.
With an almost guaranteed two more games left in the tournament for Germany to play, Muller would most likely jump ahead of them, with Eusebio, Roberto Baggio and Uwe Seeler amongst those next on the list.
Germany beat Portugal 4-0, before drawing 2-2 to Ghana, leaving them needing just a point against USA to secure progression to the next round. The European nation are one of the favourite to win their third title this year, and Muller will play a big part of that, as well as in the future.
At such a young age, if he can continue his rise to become one of the best forwards in the world, Muller will no doubt add plenty of goals to his World Cup goal scoring tally.
The German will at least reach World Cup in Russia in four years’ time and should still be available for the Qatar tournament, at which point he will be 32 years old then.
At his current rate of scoring, he will surely surpass his fellow countryman, Klose, for the record.
Germany have many young providers, including Muller’s Bayern team-mates Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze, who will feed him assists for the present and future, so he will not lack opportunities to increase his tally.
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